Guys and gals, Nick Ferguson and I were just discussing his earthworks course running from Oct. 22-24 and we realized what it really is comes down to a practical mid-scale design intensive. We also realized that the two of us hold multiple Permaculture Design certifications recognized by the PRI and that we should be offering our students as such a certification for this course.
Now it is not a full 5 day Earthworks Course heavy on academic material like the primary Earthworks Course is. But it many ways it is far better for the average practitioner or consultant. The scope of the design is in what you would call mid-scale design. In other words about as large as you would want to go without bringing in some additional engineering knowledge.
Meaning of course the type of design you are likely to do on your own, either for yourself or as a consultant. And a design of the size that is most practical for many members of the TSP community. These are designs that fit beautifully into 1-10 acre properties. That folks is a real sweet spot for design. It is small enough that people can afford a property to develop and small enough that you can afford to develop and plant it. It is also small enough to maintain in good form and production.
On the other side it is big enough to feed a family and run a small business. As such we feel it warrants a certification for every student that successfully completes it. To make sure that we are doing this properly I am adding blocks of testing to the course. During the course I will be breaking students into small groups and giving an on the move oral examination of what you have learned up to specific points.
By the time work is finished, every student will be able to fully explain what was done, why it was done and most importantly the adjustments we had to make on the fly. YOU ALWAYS HAVE TO DO THAT, ALWAYS. To be blunt anyone that tells you any design involving earthworks will just go “by the book” if full of bull. The adjustment thinking on the fly is the most valuable thing you learn in the field vs. in a classroom when it comes to earth works.
Upon successful completion each student will be able to claim a certification for “Mid-Scale Earthworks Intensive Certification”. There will be an online verifiable certification at Permaculture Global and Nick Ferguson will be listed as your lead instructor and I as your co-instructor.
For those that just intend to use their knowledge for personal effort this is simply a nice to have option. However for those that intend at any point to work as a consultant it is much more. Coupled with a PDC this will be a great credential for those who are doing design work for others. Nick and I are both well known in the industry and our credentials are easy to verify.
Just one more really great reason to consider attending Nick’s course. More information can be found at PermacultureClassroom.com
Come Out To This course and let us show you how create something like this from bare dirt in only 4-5 weeks!